Special Issue "Morbillivirus Infections"


A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Rik L. de Swart
Department of Viroscience, Erasmus MC, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
E-Mail: r.deswart@erasmusmc.nl

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The open access journal Viruses is devoting a special issue to the topic ‘morbillivirus infections’. Over the last decades we have seen exciting developments in this field. Global measles vaccination coverage has increased, resulting in a significant reduction in measles mortality. Moreover, in 2011 rinderpest virus was declared globally eradicated – only the second virus to be eradicated by targeted vaccination. However, other animal morbilliviruses continue to cause significant disease, both in wildlife and domestic animals. The identification of new cellular receptors and implementation of recombinant viruses expressing fluorescent proteins in different animal models have provided important new insights into the pathogenesis of morbillivirus infections, and their interactions with the host immune system.

In light of your expertise in the area of morbillivirus infections, I would like to invite you to submit a review article on your subject for this special issue.

Dr. Rik L. de Swart
Guest Editor


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Published Papers (4 papers)

by , , , , , ,  and
Viruses 2014, 6(7), 2571-2601; doi:10.3390/v6072571
Received: 26 March 2014; in revised form: 11 June 2014 / Accepted: 17 June 2014 / Published: 2 July 2014
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by , ,  and
Viruses 2014, 6(6), 2340-2375; doi:10.3390/v6062340
Received: 27 March 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 11 June 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Viruses 2014, 6(6), 2287-2327; doi:10.3390/v6062287
Received: 13 March 2014; in revised form: 26 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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by ,  and
Viruses 2014, 6(6), 2268-2286; doi:10.3390/v6062268
Received: 19 March 2014; in revised form: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 2 June 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR): A Comprehensive Review
V. Balamurugan
Peste des petits ruminnants (PPR) is an acute, highly contagious, world organization for animal health (WOAH-OIE) notifiable and economically important transboundary viral disease of sheep and goats associated with high morbidity and mortality and caused by PPR virus. PPR is considered as one of the main constraints in augmenting the productivity of small ruminants in developing and under developed countries and particularly severely affects poor farmer’s economy. Though, natural transmission of the virus occurs in other species of animals viz. cattle, buffaloes and camels, the clinical form of disease is generally not seen. The PPR virus causes retrogressive and necrotic changes in epithelial tissues resulting in oral, gastrointestinal and lung lesions besides lymphocytolysis in lymphoid tissues. The disease is clinically manifested by high fever (pyrexia), oculo-nasal discharges, necrotizing and erosive stomatitis, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and bronchopneumonia. The disease can be diagnosed from its clinical signs, pathological lesions, and specific detection of virus antigen / antibodies / genome in the clinical samples by various serological tests and molecular assays. PPR is the one of the priority animal diseases whose control is considered important for poverty alleviation in developing and under developed countries. Availability of effective and safe live attenuated cell culture PPR vaccines has boosted the recently launched centrally sponsored control programme in goats and sheep in India. This review article primarily focus on the current scenario of PPR with advancement of research areas that have taken place in the recent years with future perspectives.
Keywords: PPR; pathogenesis; symptoms; diagnosis; vaccines; control

Last update: 18 August 2014

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